Photos: Don't come. You could be arrested | Lake Elsinore closes access to latest poppy 'superbloom'
A small California city that was overrun by visitors four years ago when heavy winter rains produced a “superbloom” of wild poppies has a message for the public after this year's deluge: Do not come. You could be arrested.
The poppies are beginning to bloom but so far on a small scale — and the canyon where they grow and parking areas are now off-limits, according to Lake Elsinore Mayor Natasha Johnson.
California Highway Patrol Lt. Craig Palmer said the agency had already begun saturation patrols of the area and that freeway shoulders are for use only in emergencies.
Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco warned that there would be zero tolerance for parking violations and the result could be a citation, towing or worse.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.